• Friday Sep 02, 2011

    Mexico wins opener at Beach World Cup

    RAVENNA, Italy - Angel Rodriguez, Jose Cervantes and Ricardo Villalobos scored to rally CONCACAF champion Mexico from an early deficit to t a 3-2 victory over Japan on Friday in the opening game for both at the Beach Soccer World Cup.

    Shusei Yamauchi gave Japan the lead in the final minute of the opening period, but Rodriguez converted a penalty 10 minutes later to equalize and Cervantes scored with a header less than three minutes later to put Mexico ahead.

    Villalobos tacked on an insurance goal in the 30th with a free kick, necessary when Shunta Suzuki pulled Japan within a goal a minute later.

    Mexico next faces Brazil on Sunday. It has lost its three previous meetings with Brazil at the World Cup, having been outscored 21-7.

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